The Forgotten Mummy
at Perry's Nut
House Belfast Maine
In the late 1920's and
early 30's when traveling the world was an exotic adventure,
aristocratic people would journey to Egypt and bring back mummies,
and when they came home, they would hold mummy unwrapping parties.
After guests gazed at the mummy and took the valuables found
between the bandages, the mummy would be either thrown out, or
used as firewood.
The mummy you see here
was found by an American world traveler named Jack Williamson when
he journeyed to Egypt in 1934 to conduct a small dig near the
Valley of the Kings. Upon returning home, he studied the
mummy and wrote a book on how Egyptians practiced mummification.
He decided that the mummy would look better on display among his
other artifacts if it was not fully unwrapped and so it stayed in
his house until his death in 1945 from a poisonous snake bite.
The house and
everything in it was left to his family, but it burned later that
year before anyone could occupy it. After that, Williamson's
belongings were left for the family members to claim. No one
wanted his Egyptian artifacts especially the mummy. At the
point, everything was donated to a local library where it stayed
in the basement hidden beneath crates and other junk.
In lat 2005, the new
head of the library discovered the mummy along with all the
artifacts and contacted the last remaining relative of Jack
Williamson to see if she wanted the collection. While she
kept the artifacts, she didn't know what to do with the mummy.
She soon decided to
donate it here to Perry's where it is a welcomed addition to the
oddity displays, and has been named, "Jay".
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